So Amanda, my trainer, just moved into a new Studio (I knew she would be moving when we started working together so I didn’t paint at her old place or anything).
She moved from a one-bedroom into a a studio. I’ve never decorated a studio apartment and was excited about the idea of trying out small-space solutions. I used paint to divide the bedroom area from the living room area–see how half the room is painted aqua and the other half white?
Most of the things I got for her last place fit comfortably in the new space. We are still looking for a few more things though…the perfect small sofa (but one that could sleep guests if need be)–and some kind of great piece for storage.
This is the rug that we ended up choosing (remember I was got to pick out a rug from Medallion Rugs?) It is very big so covers the mediocre carpeting that is on the floor. I found that pretty vintage mirror at a thrift store. With things like accent mirrors, I like to go vintage when I can–it adds so much character to a space–and old glass has a different quality to it than new glass–I love all of the imperfections. The coffee table and drum side table are from World Market. The cute little blue mid-century style chair is from Euro Style Lighting.
The wall-weavings were another lucky thrift store find. Whenever you’re thrifting, always look in the linens section–you never know what kind of amazing textiles are hanging among the gross pilly blankets and used sheets. The mid-century-style lamp is also from Euro Style Lighting, the bench is from World Market. The little green desk and stool are from Zenteak in West Hollywood.
As for me, I feel REALLY good. I’m down twenty pounds–which trips me out becausue Ida weighs about twenty pounds, and when I hold her up and think that I lost that amount of weight off of my body it’s pretty astounding. I’ve taken four inches off of my waist and lost 4% of my body fat. But even more important to me than the weight–my energy, my confidence, my strength and my sense of being in control of myself and my body is back. I can carry Ida around on my hip for twice as long and I can jog around the Silverlake Reservoir without feeling like I’m gonna barf.
Despite how much better I feel, I still think I would have a very hard time motivating to get to the gym three days a week (or at all) if Amanda weren’t waiting for me there. She pushes me to make my health a priority in my life and she holds me accountable and I will forever be grateful to her for that. I mean, what (besides Ida) could be more important than health? I am very proud of myself for the hard work and I have decided that even after Amanda and I are done with the barter that I will continue to work out with her. It will be a stretch for me financially but it’s worth it if this is what I need to make healthy choices and be active. It’s not a new years resolution, it’s a life resolution…